Dr. Short places traditional and mini implants, and offers free consultations to discuss all of your options.

Implants have a variety of purposes in dentistry. Most commonly implants are used to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures. Dental implants are safe and extremely effective. In most cases dental implants cause very little, if any, bleeding, and minimal post operative discomfort.

When it comes to achieving a naturally beautiful smile with dental implants in St Louis MO, there are two main procedures that patients undergo: traditional dental implants and mini dental implants. There are a variety of factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to determine which implant treatment is right for you. At Des Peres Dentistry, Dr. Justin B. Short, feels there are benefits to each treatment, so it is important to learn the differences between the two in order to determine which is right for you.

Dr. Short prefers to place his own implants opposed to referring his patients out to other practitioners, which allows him more control in the overall cosmetic result. Implants are getting better and more predictable every day. Dental implants also have one of the highest success rates of any restoration dentistry has to offer. If you have questions or concerns regarding dental implants in and around the St. Louis area call 314-821-8888 today for a free consultation to discuss your options.

Regular Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants:

• Traditional dental implants were groundbreaking when first introduced. They were the first treatment that provided patients with long-lasting stability for dental prosthetics that didn’t rely on surrounding structures in the mouth. Today, patients undergo this treatment to replace broken, damaged and missing teeth, as well as to stabilize dental prosthetics such as bridges, crowns and dentures. The implant—a titanium rod—is implanted into the jawbone and acts as an anchor for the dental prosthetic, providing patients with the look and feel of natural teeth.

• Mini dental implants are similar in nature to their traditional counterpart. Both utilize titanium rods to stabilize dental prosthetics, however the difference between traditional implants and mini dental implants is their size. Mini dental implants are roughly half the size of traditional implants, making them more versatile for those patients that may have not been candidates for traditional implants

• When comparing cost, traditional dental implants almost always cost more than mini dental implants for a variety of reasons. First, mini implants are smaller in size, which means less materials are used during the treatment. Second, the mini implant procedure is less invasive—often patients only require a single treatment. Traditional implants require a series of treatments, which can effect overall cost. The traditional implant procedure is also more invasive—often requiring downtime—another factor that can influence cost.

Both traditional dental implants and mini dental implants have benefits, so how do you discover which dental implant treatment is the best option for perfecting your smile? Visit Justin B. Short, DMD at Des Peres Dentistry for a consultation and find out if dental implants in St Louis MO are the right treatment for you.